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A Tribute to Matchbox Twenty

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A Tribute to Matchbox 20 features a handful of faceless studio types turning in eager versions of 12 Twenty favorites. Besides the star-making "Push," the set leans heavily on material from Mad Season and 2002's More Than You Think You Are. None of its varying vocalists have the range or nuance of Rob Thomas, but most can approximate his soulful growl well enough to stumble through; exceptions would be the atrocious "Mad Season," which borders on karaoke, and "Unwell," where respectable musicianship and dynamics are marred by an amateurish vocalist. "If Your Gone" fares better, and even works when the plaintive tones of a trumpet are added to its instrumental track. But the majority of A Tribute to Matchbox 20 aims for passable bar band territory and falls noticeably short, which makes this album essential for only the most ardent Matchbox fan.

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